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New Women Colleague Welcome

For the past 16 years, the Women’s Center, AdvanceVT, the Graduate School, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the VT Women’s Alliance and Caucus have hosted a Welcome Reception for New Women Colleagues. This annual tradition is an informal opportunity for new women faculty, staff and graduate students at VT to gather as a community, begin forging connections and networks, and to share resource information, and more. This year we are sad to miss the opportunity to welcome our new colleagues in person, but offer this virtual message and resource page as a welcoming gesture. We all look forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face as soon as it is safe and healthy to do so. 

Wishing all of our new women colleagues at Virginia Tech a terrific fall semester.

Welcome from the Graduate School

Welcome from the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Welcome from the Women’s Alliance and Caucus

Welcome from the Women's Center

The Virginia Network promotes women's leadership in higher education and throughout society as a whole; to create an educational, social, and political climate in which women, in all their diversity, can participate equally with men in setting public agendas; to facilitate connections among women in various sectors of higher education and with other organizations and networks with shared goals on the institutional, state, regional, professional, national, and international levels; and to foster strategic alliances and facilitate effective partnerships between women and men in the workplace.

VT Women Connect is an informal network that promotes, develops and supports Virginia Tech’s professional women by providing a forum to forge relationships, develop supportive networks, and share ideas and information.  Join the VT Women Connect Directory to network and connect with other Virginia Tech women around areas of expertise and mutual interest.

The Women's Alliance provides the Virginia Tech community a forum to achieve shared goals and promote opportunities for underrepresented groups, which includes women of all identities.

AdvanceVT began in 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote and enhance the careers of women in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation.

The university has developed Work/Life Policies to assist faculty with the challenges of balancing professional and personal life.

The Recruitment Matching Grant is designed to support faculty recruitment efforts through building or expanding connections between Virginia Tech and outstanding scholars from other institutions who are historically underrepresented in their disciplines. Financial support is available for creative and innovative recruitment activities to attract early- to mid-career professionals to Virginia Tech outside the usual search process.

Dual career brings a new level of support to couples and their families when considering employment opportunities within the Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. Virginia Tech recognizes that meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a key factor in recruiting and retaining new faculty members.

See General resources for graduate students.

The Graduate Life Center provides services and resources for graduate students, including reservable and open-access spaces for meetings, studying, relaxing, and community.

Our Expectations for Graduate Study describe the expectations for graduate students, faculty, departments, and the Graduate School to foster and maintain a dynamic and productive academic environment. 

The WELLthy canvas community provides support for all aspects of graduate students’ well-being. To join, complete this brief survey. For more information email

The Little Hokie Hangout Cooperative Play Group is a flexible, subsidized child care program primarily for graduate student families, but children of faculty and staff are also welcome.

support group for graduate students who are also parents meets monthly to share information and resources. Email Marin Riegger if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Little Hokie Hand Me Down is a program for graduate students and staff members with kids.  The event, sponsored by the Graduate SchoolGraduate Student Assembly, and Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, offers university students and staff members with children the opportunity to “shop” for a wide range of infant and children’s clothes, accessories, and other items they may need, free of charge.

This year the event will take place in Owens Ballroom on November 9th and 10th. Due to COVID related precautions we will only be able to have a limited number of people in the ballroom room at a time so spots are available on a first come/first served basis. Shopping hours are November 9th from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for graduate students and November 10th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for graduate students and staff. 

Kids Night Out is a free childcare program for graduate student families. We provide a fun evening of play, crafts, movies (and a snack!) each Thursday night while classes are in session from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Kids must be toilet trained and masked. Childcare is provided by volunteers from the Chi Delta Alpha Service Sorority.

Look for a unique sign-up link every Monday on the Women’s Center home page or through the weekly Graduate School newsletter. Enrollment is on a first come/first served basis. Details on location, etc. are available on the sign up link.

Founded in 1994, the Women’s Center’s mission is to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women and that celebrates the experiences, achievements and diversity.  As a unit of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, we serve Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff.  The center serves as a resource for the university and surrounding community on gender-related and women’s issues; sponsors educational programs and events that raise awareness of women’s issues; and serves as an on-campus focal point for services for survivors, their friends and families.  

In partnership with Hokie Wellness, we have created stress relief tips and strategies for you to incorporate depending on your time availablity. Try out these 2 Minute5 Minute10 Minute, and 30 Minute stress relief activities. 

If you are looking to participate in civic engagement and cast your ballot for the upcoming elections, see more voter registration and polling location information.

Women’s and Gender Studies

Upcoming WGS Events
A Virtual Feminist Pedagogy - October 8 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WGS Lunch at Blacksburg Municipal Park 720 Turner Street, Shelter 4 | October 9 | 1pm - 2:30pm
WGS Virtual Research Talk - October 12 | 6:30pm

Through Feminist Eyes is intended to provide additional opportunities for undergraduate WGS students to engage feminist scholarship, specifically the breadth of feminist scholarship taking place at Virginia Tech. This program is offered in the Fall of each year.  This year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the admission of women as students at VT, we will spotlight the feminist scholarship of students! 

October 13, 2021
Stephanie Ann Bontell (she/her/hers)
An ecology of ruins: non-presence, spatial trace, and belonging in gender-sensitive urban sustainable development

Courtney Ross
Being Present with the Words: Contemplative Reading as a Framework for the Women’s and Gender Studies Classroom

November 3, 2021
Anne Patrick
“Am I A Soy Boy?”: Examining the Gendered and Political Meaning of the Soy Boy Discourse

Sara Wenger
“Synthetic Women: Reimagining Sex, Gender, and Consent through Humanoid Technologies”